Alabama Panel Approves Voter Photo ID Requirement

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

An Alabama House committee has approved a bill that would require voters to show valid photo identification at the polls before casting a ballot.

The House Constitution and Elections Committee approved the bill on an 8-3 vote. The bill by Republican Rep. Gerald Allen of Cottondale now goes to the full House for debate.

The bill would strengthen the current law that allows a number of alternatives to photo identification, including a hunting or fishing license, a utility bill or a pistol permit.

The bill is mostly supported by Republican legislators. It has been opposed by black lawmakers, who say it would make it harder for elderly and low income residents to vote.

Allen told committee members that requiring voters to prove their identity will protect the election process.

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  • by Alabama's Citizen Location: Alabama on Feb 18, 2010 at 08:55 AM
    It's not the voting in person I'm concerned with. It's all the absentee votes that show up out of the blue I'm concerned about. Who are they? That needs to be restricten, or closely monitored.
  • by Everette Sr. Location: Union on Feb 18, 2010 at 08:04 AM
    I Am Glad To See the State Of Alabama Has Approved The Voter I.D. ,Soon Illegal Voters That Is Endorsed By Acorn Will Not Stand A Chance To Cast An Illegal Vote,That Means One Vote Per Person.
  • by Stephen on Feb 17, 2010 at 02:33 PM
    Alabama already has Voter ID in place (I was serving on the secretary of state's staff at the time). It's been in effect since the 2004 elections. However, this new PHOTO Voter ID legislation is troubling because not everyone has a government-issued photo. For example, elderly persons, like my grandmother, don't always have driver's licenses. What are we going to do about those folks who fall into that category? I guess this means one of two things: either those citizens will not get to vote or the state government will have to issue some form of photo ID card.
  • by regina Location: butler on Feb 17, 2010 at 10:52 AM
    I think that having a voter ID is a great idea. Not only will it help with stolen identity, it will also make it easier on poll workers too. It could possibly amke the process quicker for both voter and poll workers. This is something to consider.
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